Mike Murray, M.N.M.

Animal Care
Animal Management
Curator of Mammals
  • M.N.M. – Regis University
  • B.S. – Zoology, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Mammal husbandry
  • Mammal reproduction
  • Mammal behavior management


Before joining Lincoln Park Zoo in 2017, Mike worked at three different zoos: Binder Park Zoo, Denver Zoo, and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Now, he oversees the animals and keepers at Regenstein African Journey, Walter Family Arctic Tundra, Pepper Family Wildlife Center, Kovler Seal Pool, and Farm-in-the-Zoo.

Mike also works with other departments and organizations accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on maintaining optimal animal welfare and sustainable populations. Actively involved in AZA programs, he is the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinator for Nile lechwe, a vice-chair of the Antelope and Giraffe Taxon Advisory Groups, and a steering committee member for the African Painted Dog SSP. Mike is also active with Polar Bears International, helping to facilitate action on climate change conservation.